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From: Dan Kohn (
Date: Sat Mar 25 2000 - 11:23:04 PST

The suburbs are also becoming ever less monolithic and bourgeois. Suburbs
can be blue-collar, like Dundalk in Baltimore County, or ultra-liberal, like
Marin County in San Francisco. Increasingly, though, some are a social
jumble within themselves. In the San Fernando Valley, multi-million-dollar
homes owned by young bucks from Warner Bros share the same zip code as
bungalows with roosters in the yard. Joel Kotkin, an urban analyst at
Pepperdine University, points out that there is a world of difference
between what he calls "midopolises"-old-fashioned inner suburbs that
increasingly suffer from the same maladies as the old inner cities-and outer
"nerdistans", like Irvine, an Orange County suburb which is dominated by
high-tech companies and seems to treat jaywalking as a newsworthy crime.

                - dan

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